Chew on this Rosen, if you can stomach the taste. Same for the rest
of you ChemicalHeads.
Excerpts from article above:
Anuradha Mittal, director of the U.S.-based policy think tank Oakland
Institute, says the findings of the latest UNEP study have to be seen
in the light of its report released last year which offered evidence
that organic agriculture can increase yields, improve soil, and boost
incomes of farmers.
A crisis of this proportion raises major questions about industrial
agriculture and how best to address the needs of the hungry, she said.
***** Note the next paragraph, Mr. Rosen!! *****
"Unfortunately, the widespread hunger and poverty is being used to
make the case for increasing agricultural production through technical
solutions such as genetically engineered (GE) crops and chemical-based
agriculture," Mittal told IPS.
However, UNEP's research demonstrates that organic small-scale
agriculture can deliver the increased yields without the environmental
and social damage that has resulted from industrial model of
"We need to pay heed to these findings and start crafting a different
vision for agriculture which works with nature and not against it,"
said Mittal, an international expert on issues relating to trade,
development and agriculture.
A briefing paper by the Oakland Institute released Tuesday also
confirms the success of the organic model, noting that on average, in
developed countries, organic systems produce 92 percent of the yield
produced by conventional agriculture. In developing countries, organic
systems fare even better, producing 80 percent more than conventional
The major findings of the study include:
* The 100-year trend of falling food prices may be at an end, and
food prices may increase by 30-50 percent within decades, with
critical impacts for those living in extreme poverty who spend up to
90 percent of their income on food.
Up to 25 percent of the world's food production may be lost due
to 'environmental breakdowns' by 2050 unless action is taken. Already,
cereal yields have stagnated worldwide and fish catches are declining.
* Today, over one third of the world's cereals are being used as
animal feed, rising to 50 percent by 2050. Continuing to feed cereals
to growing numbers of livestock will aggravate poverty and
The amount of fish bycatch currently discarded at sea --
estimated at 30 million tonnes annually -- could alone sustain more
than a 50 percent increase in fish farming and aquaculture production,
which is needed to maintain per capita fish consumption at current
levels by 2050 without increasing pressure on an already stressed
* Losses and food waste in the United States could be as high as
40-50 percent, according to some recent estimates. Up to one quarter
of all fresh fruits and vegetables in the U.S. is lost between the
field and the table.
In Australia, it is estimated that food waste makes up half of
that country's landfill. Almost one-third of all food purchased in
Britain every year is not eaten.
* Food losses in the developing world are also considerable,
mainly due to spoilage and pests. For instance, in Africa, the total
amount of fish lost through discards, post-harvest loss and spoilage
may be around 30 percent of landings.
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